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Cavs' Kyrie Irving reportedly 'destroyed' LeBron James in 1-on-1

Monday, November 23, 2015 8:57:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Still recovering from a fractured kneecap, Kyrie Irving is expected to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers' lineup in December or January. However, with a 10-3 record and knowing that they will need him fully healthy for the playoffs, the Cavs are not trying to rush Irving back.

Irving has been progressing right on schedule though and has even been able to play in light 1-on-1 contact drills and games. One such game recently took place between Irving and LeBron James and according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the Cavs point guard "destroyed" the star forward. McMenamin does report that the game was a bit modified as only one dribble was allowed and James did end up winning two games against Irving.

While we can't read too much into these games as Irving may have just gotten hot and repeatedly drilled jumpers over James, this is a great sign for the Cavs. By showing that he is able to challenge James 1-on-1, Irving is clearly getting healthier and making strides to return to the Cavs' lineup sooner rather than later.

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